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The following people have Parental Responsibility:

  • Mothers, whether they are married or not;
  • Fathers, if they were married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth;
  • Unmarried fathers, provided the child was born after 1 December 2003 AND provided that the parents jointly registered the child’s birth;
  • Those who have a residence order in force in their favour;
  • Those with an adoption order in their favour; and
  • Those appointed the child’s guardian.

If you do not have Parental Responsibility, you can obtain it the following ways:

  • Seek the mother’s agreement to re-register as the child’s father on the birth certificate;
  • Seek the mother’s agreement to enter into a Parental Responsibility agreement;
  • Apply to the court for a Parental Responsibility order;
  • Be appointed the child’s guardian;
  • Obtain a residence order in your favour;
  • Obtain an adoption order in your favour;
  • Step parents and the civil partners of parents are able to obtain Parental Responsibility if both parents with parental responsibility agree, or by a court order.

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Our Approach & Our Experience

We understand that not seeing your child every day is one of the hardest things about separation.

Our specialist solicitors can support and advise you as to your practical and legal options, tailored to your circumstances, as we know that every family is different.

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Our Promise & Core Values

Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

Our Core Values

Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Jane Tenquist

Jane Tenquist

Jane is a Partner and Head of the Family Law Team

Nichola Bright

Nichola Bright

Nichola is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law department

Holly Atkins

Holly Atkins

Holly is a Trainee Solicitor in our Family department


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Please send us your enquiry using this enquiry form, or you can send us an email to lawyers@myerson.co.uk